Priest Kumar Kurukkal, who performed the Sivaya Subramuniyaswami mahasamadhi puja for us, is very adept with decorating Deities. He was eager to share these photos of how he decorated Goddess Lakshmi during Navaratri at the Hindu Temple of Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma where he is currently employed.
In our teachings we're both monistic and theistic. In the beliefs of Saivism the idea of the three worlds is the basis and key to understanding temple worship, theism. The inner worlds are there to help you. The essence of the soul is already the same as the essence of God Siva, monism. You just have to find it.